If you're interested in adopting a dog, you should learn how to make your house a safe for your new furry friend. There are many household plants commonly used as interior decorating as well as plants in your garden that could be dangerous for canine residents. Learning which plants are poisonous or toxic is one of the most important things to know in keeping your dogs safe.
Every year, many people decorate their homes for the holidays. Unfortunately, many of these holiday plants are quite dangerous, including including lilies, holly, amaryllis and mistletoe, according to the ASPCA. These are extremely poisonous and can be fatal, so if you are decorating with live plants be sure to secure them far out of reach of your pup or use artificial plants in all your decorations.
One of the most common holiday plants, the poinsettia, is often thought to be extremely toxic to dogs but is actually only minimally toxic. The ASPCA reports that poinsettias are actually the least risky in terms of holiday decorations. If your dog gnaws on a few leaves by accident or curiosity, he might experience an upset stomach and vomiting. Poinsettias are rarely fatal for dogs, but if you suspect your dog has eaten any of this slightly toxic plant, you should take your pup to the veterinarian.
As spring emerges, so do the spring annuals. Whether you're an avid gardener, just enjoy tending a few blooms here and there or are considering some fresh flowers for the inside of the house, you should be aware of these toxic flowers. Daffodils and tulips are among the most popular spring plants in flower gardens and bouquets, and are also quite dangerous for dogs, reports Cornell University. Both plants can cause vomiting, excessive salivation and diarrhea.
Many other spring bulb plants are also toxic, including iris, gladiola and crocus. If your dog eats a large number of the plants, he may have cause seizures, low blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat. The bulbs are the most dangerous part of the plant, but the flowers, stems and leaves are also toxic.
• Aloe Vera
• Pencil Cactus
Succulent plants are easy houseplants to care for, but can be dangerous for dogs. Unfortunately, succulents are especially tempting for dogs, since they are rubbery like a dog chew toy. The ASPCA reports that aloe vera and jade plants can cause vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, tremors and an irregular heartbeat. In large quantities, both jade and aloe vera can be fatal for dogs. The pencil cactus can also cause stomach upset for dogs, but is not usually fatal.
• Asparagus Fern
• Fern Berries
Ferns are common patio or porch plants. According to Apartment Therapy's guide to common house plants, Many varieties of ferns, including the asparagus, emerald, lace and plumosa ferns, can cause skin irritation if your dog rubs against the leaves. The berries of most ferns are more dangerous, though. Ingesting the berries could cause vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite or even death if enough berries are eaten. If you have ferns at your house, hang them high and clean up any berries that fall.
Caring for a dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life, but you should learn all about the plants that can be dangerous to them. From blooms in your garden to succulents to holiday plants, knowing the toxic varieties can help you avoid or keep these plants out of reach of your pet. If you suspect that your dog has eaten any of these plants, you should seek veterinary help immediately.